First of all, the work of Partition Museum will be completed. Special attention will be given to how Partition affected and changed Delhi.
A partition museum will be built in Delhi. (Photo: TAACHT)
India was partitioned in 1947 and the first museum based on this partition remains in Amritsar. Now the second partition in the national capital Delhi is going to be a museum, which will be opened to the public from August 15 this year. The museum will be built at Dara Shikoh Library Building (DSLB) at Mori Gate in Old Delhi. The building, named after Shah Jahan’s eldest son Dara Shikoh, was built in 1643 and is presently located in the Ambedkar University Delhi campus. In later years, the building served as the residence of the Mughal Viceroy of Punjab, Ali Mardan Khan and then the British officer David Ochralony in the Mughal court.
Three museums are being built in the building. Apart from the partition museum, there will be a museum dedicated to the life of Dara Shikoh and the third will display antiquities and artifacts. This work is working in collaboration with The Arts and Cultural Heritage Trust (TAACHT), Department of Archeology, Government of Delhi.
TAACHT President Kishwar Desai says the entire project will be temporarily called ‘Dastan-e-Dili’ and aims to make the historic Dara Shikoh Library a cultural center. This will be a unique place in which we can understand the impact of partition (partition of India) and integration (through Dara Shikoh’s Sufism).
Delhi before partition will be shown in museum
First the work of the division museum will be completed. Special attention will be given to how Partition affected and changed Delhi. It will be ready by August 15 on entering India’s 75th year of independence. The other two museums will be ready later. Desai says that the history and display at the Partition Museum in Delhi will be different from Amritsar because it will be told about Delhi. It will also show what Delhi looked like before and after partition.
Apart from this, there are also plans to make Dastan-e-Delhi tour to show the history of the building, which includes various things of architecture. According to the Department of Archeology, it will include the history of three museums and surrounding buildings of Kashmiri Gate and Chandni Chowk.
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